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Get Organised


27th January, 2014
Simone Haag
Monday 27th January 2014


Today we welcome back  our intrepid 'hunter / gatherer', Simone from Hecker Guthrie, who kicks off her monthly column for this year with a fab product edit sure to inspire an organised start to 2014!  As it happens, 'intrepid' is very accurate this week, as Simone is currently in PARIS attending renowned design trade fair Maison Objet... so, it's a great time to follow her on instagram for a first hand look at all the gorgeous new products she is uncovering over there! - Lucy

'Get Organised' product edit by Simone Haag / Hecker Guthrie.

Along with the start of a new year comes the intention to keep your life and workspace somewhat streamlined and organised!  So, with this in mind, it seemed an obvious choice for our first Hunt / Gather of 2014 - even if this sudden urge only lasts through January! – Simone

1. DOCK Box by Alain Berteau available from DesignShop ($136.00) – This crafted pen tray/digital dock by Alain Berteau for Objekten gives your digital devices a dedicated space on your desktop, bedside or at the office. It is made in Germany and available in light or dark oak.

2. Colour Box by Normann Copenhagen ($100.00) USD – The Colour Box is a powder coated steel desk tidy that can be used for magazines, books or other resources. It comes in a range of six colours, but our favourite is hands down this delicious mint green. This piece can be wall hung, or modularised to build a colourful collection of pigeon holes.

3. Sweep rattan basket available from Cane-line ($140.00 AUD) – The Sweep basket is just a good-looking all-rounder, and a great addition to any space (office, bathroom, laundry) requiring a little handy extra storage.  Use it for anything or nothing at all.

4. RÅSKOG Kitchen trolley from IKEA ($79.00 AUD) – Purposed for a kitchen, but equally handy in the office, the IKEA RÅSKOG is a multi-functional storage trolley which brings a vibrant pop of turquoise to any office space.

5. Toolbox NR. 4 by Stilleben (€123.00 Euro) – Designed by a creative Copenhagen duo, this is one very handy and very attractive stationery tray. It is made from Ash and is available in two sizes.

'Get Organised' product edit by Simone Haag / Hecker Guthrie.

6. Suburbia by Note Design available from Seletti ($450.00 AUD) – The talented team from Note Design studio have created the ultimate wall mounted office storage  unit ‘Suburbia’ (inspired by the iconic Uten Solo for Vitra). When viewed from the side, this piece appears as a small neighbourhood, complete with rooftops and lamp posts! When wall mounted, this little village happily houses all of your desk accessories.

7. Boxes set by Ferm Living available from design delicatessen (€182.00 Euro) – These Ferm living boxes come in a set of four. We love the soft grey colour tones  and the sweet leather handle detail. For similar styles at a more affordable pricepoint, try Ikea and Kikki K nationally.

8. Saddle magazine rack by Noble & Wood (UK £750.00) – Any good office space should have one's favourite chair, and next to this chair should go the Noble & Wood Saddle magazine rack!  A shout out to Josh in the Hecker Guthrie office who found this hand crafted beauty, it's a little pricey but will last the test of time!  

'Get Organised' product edit by Simone Haag / Hecker Guthrie.

9. Wire crate from The Woodsfolk ($75.00) – A nifty wire basket from our local friends at The Woodsfolk, this versatile crate has an industrial vibe, and is the perfect size to store magazines, newspapers and other miscellaneous bits.  A great addition to Kids' spaces too!

10. Various clear acrylic organisational/storage containers from MUJI Australia (range starts from $2.00 for a pen holder) – We were all pretty happy on the day when MUJI came to town. What they don’t know about storage and organising isn’t worth knowing! We love their range of acrylic storage containers, along with just about everything else that MUJI does!  (Muji's first Australian store has just opened at Chadstone shopping centre in Melbourne, Get down their ASAP people!).

11. Vide-Poche by Henry Wilson ($165.00 AUD) – 'Vide-Poche' is French phrase meaning 'empty pockets'.  This simple, elegant piece by Australian designer Henry Wilson is a robust (and when I say robust, I mean very heavy!) double sided tray, that suggests where one may wish to empty their pockets after arriving home.  Perfect for storing phone, coins and keys - and remembering where you put them! Boys are you listening?!

12. Ply milk crates by Like Butter (range starts from $24.00 AUD per unit) – Melbourne crew Like Butter have done it again with their aptly named shelving system, ‘Large crates with doors’.  An affordable, locally crafted option with modular flexibility.

For more inspiration from the clever team at Hecker Guthrie, be sure to check out their website and view their incredible impressive portfolio of work. You can also follow Simone’s current adventures at Maison Objet in Paris on her  instagram!

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